This has been a challenging time for each of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
We wanted to mark this period in our history.

The Your Voice Wall has been created to celebrate people’s talents and achievements and to give people with learning disabilities and/or Autism the chance to showcase their creativity.

Enjoy and thank you to all our members for making this happen.

Click on each shape to see more

I’ve learnt a few art skills by watching YouTube videos like resin art

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

I’ve learnt a few art skills

I’ve learnt a few art skills by watching YouTube videos like resin art

Jordan Milton Keynes

Owl

By Kayleigh from Milton Keynes

Owl Kayleigh Milton Keynes

My plant

By Sheena from Reading

My plant Sheena Reading

You can capture beauty forever in a photo.

By Katie from Milton Keynes

You can capture beauty forever in a photo.

You can capture beauty forever in a photo.

Katie Milton Keynes

I enjoyed playing more board-games with my family – it was fun to do being able to play with them.

By Katie from Milton Keynes

I enjoyed playing more board-games

I enjoyed playing more board-games with my family – it was fun to do being able to play with them.

Katie Milton Keynes

By David from Reading

Cycling has saved my life

"I would say cycling has saved my life, my soul and my mental health during the corona pandemic.”

When cycling I see people cycling along the road and they say hello to me and I say hello to them. I also speak to people walking and with their dogs.

The fresh air is now better with less cars and buses on our roads. By cutting down co2 carbon emissions making it better for the environment.

David Reading

Hate Crime

By Kate Green from Reading

Hate Crime

These words are so painfully strong,
Why can't we all just get along
Every single day in the papers, Or on Tv,
Someone is dead; could have been you or me
The world has become such a violent place,
Now it's all no meaning, we are still all the same,
But many cowardly people play the hate crime game.
We all have abilities and disabilities and issues to raise,

We all do things in our own special ways

This terror needs to stop, this hatred needs to end,
Peace needs to be brought out, the world we shall mend.

Hate crimes are not good for the upcoming years,
The new year isn't for tears, but rather cheers,
The clock strikes midnight ending a year of fear
So now is the time to down your beer
We forget the bad times and remember the good
Do you know what’s happening in your neighbourhood
These crimes we see and hear, are not right,
Forget the dark and stand in the light,
It doesn't matter how old you are,
Make a note to change and do not leave a scar,
It does not take a dollar or coin,
So, don't make it hard, and just join,
Leave the hatred and racism behind
Start all over and be kind

Our Speech is free
So are our dreams
Until It’s to late and we hear the loud scream’s
Could we do anything to prevent it?
Do you think the people meant it?

If that person only had a mentor
They could report it to a 3rd Party Reporting Centre
If Only they knew before it was to Late
That they had been a victim of Hate
No crime isn’t to small to report
I know you can feel rather fraught
All the paperwork to be filled out
All I want to do is Shout

We are all the same on the inside
Except we don’t want to hide
Why should we hide because of Hate Crime
None of us have the Time

Still Life goes on around us all
No – one stop’s to think

HATECRIME IS ALL AROUND US
AND THAT’S WHAT I THINK STINK’S

Kate Green Reading

A new day a new start

By Kate Green from Reading

A new day a new start

I'm ready to face the world and combat hate crime
Amongst those with disabilities
For I always make the time.

This time is important for one and all no job to
report to big or to small.

Hate crime will not be permitted in our world and all
the hatred will be omitted once and for all

If you commit this awful sin
DONT YOU DARE THINK YOUR GONNA WIN

Life is for living and not for hate crime but most people do it as a job in there spare time.

They have nothing else to do apart from hate crime but little do they know they will end up doing time.
The time they do inside is not be proud about as we with disabilities don't hide.

We fight for recognition these days as we have to but speaking up about it is a long term condition.

A condition that will be around forever but if everybody understood we could work together.

Kate Green Reading

I thought I wasn't smart

I thought I wasn't smart

Paper mache bowl

By Lottie from Bucks

Paper mache bowl Lottie Bucks

Sharing Corona Virus information would have been better if there had been simpler language, use of Braille, sign language, Easy read, audio links. Not everyone can read!

By Jayme from Milton Keynes

Sharing information

Sharing Corona Virus information would have been better if there had been simpler language, use of Braille, sign language, Easy read, audio links. Not everyone can read!

Jayme Milton Keynes

I went for a ride on my bike,

I didn’t fancy a hike.

The wind in my hair,

Caused people to stare.

I was...

By Nicola from Reading

Bike Ride

I went for a ride on my bike,

I didn’t fancy a hike.

The wind in my hair,

Caused people to stare.

I was having so much fun.

Going downhill

Was such a thrill,

Going at such a pace,

I fell flat on my face,

Still, it was fun.

On I still rode,

Until I saw my abode,

Not wanting the ride to end,

I took the next bend,

I could spend all day on my bike.

Nicola Reading

Spot the Santa, Reading CAMEO

By Sue from Reading

Spot the Santa, Reading CAMEO Sue Reading

These changes impacted my mental health and increased my anxiety. Good things: my family was around; we spent more time together.

By Jack from Milton Keynes

The changes and the good things

These changes impacted my mental health and increased my anxiety. Good things: my family was around; we spent more time together.

Jack Milton Keynes

By The Men's Group from Bucks

Men's Group Picture The Men's Group Bucks

Can Talkback give further training to Council staff to understand and support people with Autism and/or learning disabilities?

Milton Keynes

Can Talkback give further training to staff?

Can Talkback give further training to Council staff to understand and support people with Autism and/or learning disabilities?

Milton Keynes

By Heather from Milton Keynes

How I feel about Coronavirus

How I feel about Coronavirus

1. Scary
2. Nervous
3. Anxious
4. Terrified
5. Unsure
6. Confused
7. Scared
8. Depressed
9. Frustrated
10. Unhappy
11. ANGRY
12. Upset
13. Hopelessness
14. Confusion With The Politician Demands
15. Unhappy With Boris Johnson Way Of Sorting Out COVID-19 Rules.
16. Not Using The Pop Up Hospital For the COVID-19 Patients
17. News On TV Confusing (Always Changing)
18. Super Angry Not Being Able To See Doctor/Dentist If Have An Issue.

How I've had help and deal with Coronavirus

1. Mum Reassurance Constantly
2. Cameo (If it weren't for Cameo Staff contacting me every Monday and Thursday for talks, I don’t know what I would have done)
3 Talent Unlimited every Friday afternoon zoom talks.
4. Friends To talk to and meeting up with them.
5. Talking To Talkback Staff On Monday Is A Life Saver.
6. Talking To another Talkback Staff Member On Thursday Also. Extremely Helpful And Calming.
7. Knowing I Can Call Cameo Staff In the Week If Need To.
8. Talking To Friends On WhatsApp Checking up With Each Other. So Not Feel Forgotten About.
9. Having Talent Unlimited Support Group For Autism And Myself If Needed

Heather Milton Keynes

Exercises for CAMEO

By Ian from Milton Keynes

Exercises for CAMEO Ian Milton Keynes

Reading Zoom Meetings

Reading

Reading Zoom Meetings

Jeremy & Michelle Zoom 180521

Reading

Explore and draw: Each week we have a theme session where we learn about a subject often history or culture. We learn different facts and information and then do a step by step drawing around it.

By Talkback from Bucks

Explore and Draw

Explore and draw: Each week we have a theme session where we learn about a subject often history or culture. We learn different facts and information and then do a step by step drawing around it.

Talkback Bucks

Christmas jumper

By Ben from Reading

Christmas jumper Ben Reading

The council is not always difficult to get advice from, even their website is easy to use at times - It depends what you are looking for

By Sophia from Milton Keynes

Difficult to get advice

The council is not always difficult to get advice from, even their website is easy to use at times - It depends what you are looking for

Sophia Milton Keynes

One day we will learn

By Martin Luther King Jr

One day we will learn Martin Luther King Jr

By Judy from Milton Keynes

Embroidery Judy Milton Keynes

Why the Questions

By Kate Green from Reading

Why the Questions Kate Green Reading

Looking out for some hope and some rays of sunshine

Art of a person looking out through rays of sunshine

By Anna from Milton Keynes

Looking out for some hope and some rays of sunshine Anna Milton Keynes

It could be easier to understand if MK Council would provide easy read information or leaflet about COVID-19 lockdown by post

By Jack from Milton Keynes

Easy read information or leaflet about COVID-19

It could be easier to understand if MK Council would provide easy read information or leaflet about COVID-19 lockdown by post

Jack Milton Keynes

The name "Simon" in Japanese is
サイモン (saimon)

The name "Benji" in Japanese is
ベンジ (benji)

The name "Rachael" in Japanese Is
レーチェル...


By Heather from Milton Keynes

Japanese for the Talkback Charity Challenge week

The name "Simon" in Japanese is
サイモン (saimon)

The name "Benji" in Japanese is
ベンジ (benji)

The name "Rachael" in Japanese Is
レーチェル (reecheru)

The name "Amy" in Japanese is
エーミー (eemii)

The name "Yvette " in Japanese is
イベット (ibetto)

The name "Dovile" in Japanese is
ドビル (dobiru)

The name in "Krysia" Japanese is
クリシア (kurishia)

Friend names =

The name "Karen" in Japanese is
カレン (karen)

The name "Nicki" in Japanese is
ニッキー (nikkii)

The name "Kayleigh " in Japanese is
ケーリー (keerii)

The name "Jayme " in Japanese is
ジェーミー (jeemii)

The name "Nigel " in Japanese
ナイジェル (naijeru)

The name "Spike " in Japanese is
スパイク (supaiku)

The name "Garfield " in Japanese is
ガーフィールド (gaafiirudo)

The name "Tigger" in Japanese is
ティグジャー (tigujaa)

The name "Gypsy" in Japanese is
ジウプシー (jiupushii)

Heather Milton Keynes

My Hero

My hero, my hero

Chocolate is my hero

Crunchie, twirl and fudge

To save me, to save me

From all my struggles...

By Sue from Reading

My Hero

My Hero

My hero, my hero

Chocolate is my hero

Crunchie, twirl and fudge

To save me, to save me

From all my struggles daily

And help me get out of my grudge…

Éclair, eclair

Why aren’t you there?

When hunger grips me in a tizzy

Crème egg twister

Not for my sister!

Come to me now, I despair

Smooth and silky

Sweet and creamy

The taste I enjoy and like

Plain chocolate, milk chocolate

Anyway up, even a milky bar white

When things are troubled

I love to muddle and sort through the wrappers of joy

Heroes, heroes, chocolate coated heroes

Chocolate is there to enjoy

Chocolate coated Sue

Sue Reading

Men's Group Picture

By The Men's Group from Bucks

Men's Group Picture The Men's Group Bucks

The Big H

By Kate Green from Reading

The Big H

The Big H sits proudly on the rooftop of Kings
The doctor’s teams are waiting as the red phone rings
The Helicopter brings life or death
All the doctors can do is hold there breath

The Helicopter team unload there hold
as the team of doctors
Hear their brief
There is no time to play with grief

Action’s must be taken
for the incident to come by air
It has clearly left everyone feeling very shaken

Doctors & Nurses At fast pace they come
For they all know their patient is number one

Monitor’s bleeping & people weeping
For it’s the family of the sick
The medical teams are working round the clock
They haven’t got time to hear the clock go
Tick Tock TICK

For It’s the Big H that’s done it & possibly saved a life
For that it could be your Father, daughter, son or wife
For The Big H has a name
Its known as Kings Helipad

The Big H wasn’t there for me back in 2010
I ended up having an emergency liver transplant
As my liver had gone bad
The hospital had to work quickly or else it would have been sad

But ‘HEY GUYS’ Im still here to tell the tale & Its all the hard work at Kings that they
saved me & didn’t fail

So the next time you look up
And you see the helicopter fly
Just think & shed a tear
For its the big H thats going to perform

As It has no fear

Kate Green Reading

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone

Jordan Milton Keynes

Kay's Art

By Kay from Milton Keynes

Kay's Art

Kay 2Kay art 1Kay art 2Kay art 3Kay

Kay Milton Keynes

ADHD is for life

By Adam Levine

ADHD is for life Adam Levine

USS Shenzhou NCC-1227

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

USS Shenzhou NCC-1227 Jordan Milton Keynes

Birds

By Kay from Milton Keynes

Birds Kay Milton Keynes

By Amy from Bucks

Picture of Amy Amy Bucks

Sherborne Old Castle Dorset

By Nicola from Reading

Sherborne Old Castle Dorset Nicola Reading

My parents make sure I can be as independent as I can be in spite of having a disability

By Sophia from Milton Keynes

Independent in spite of disability

My parents make sure I can be as independent as I can be in spite of having a disability

Sophia Milton Keynes

Picasso

By Kieran from Bucks

Picasso Kieran Bucks

People who live on their own with any form of disability - they should be checked on if they haven't got any family members nearby

By Sophia from Milton Keynes

Check on People who live on their own

People who live on their own with any form of disability - they should be checked on if they haven't got any family members nearby

Sophia Milton Keynes

Everybody is a genius

Everybody is a genius

CAMEO has given me the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends

By Ben from Reading

Ben's quote

CAMEO has given me the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends

Ben Reading

Zoom in every possible way

By Jeremy and Yvette from Reading

Zoom in every possible way

Because Jeremy has no laptop, mobile phone or access to the internet, he missed out on meetings on Zoom.

Yvette met with him outside his home so he could join Zoom this week.

By using a mobile hotspot we were able to use the Talkback laptop and connect.

Jeremy really enjoyed seeing and catching with the other members.

Yes, it was cold but at least it stayed dry 😊

Jeremy and Yvette Reading

Could the Council have more staff that understand people with Autism and/or Learning disabilities?

By Jayme from Milton Keynes

Council

Could the Council have more staff that understand people with Autism and/or Learning disabilities?

Jayme Milton Keynes

Do you feel that people with learning disabilities are being listened to during this crisis?

Not enough. I have been listened to by Talkback. Other services have not supported me.

By Alex from Milton Keynes

Listening

Do you feel that people with learning disabilities are being listened to during this crisis?

Not enough. I have been listened to by Talkback. Other services have not supported me.

Alex Milton Keynes

By Nicola from Reading

The Sea Nicola Reading

Halloween lantern

By Lewis from Bucks

Halloween lantern Lewis Bucks

Halloween lantern

By Jay from Bucks

Halloween lantern Jay Bucks

“If it wasn’t for CAMEO I don’t know how I would have coped”

“Being on CAMEO makes me really happy”

“CAMEO makes...

Milton Keynes

Thoughts about CAMEO MK

“If it wasn’t for CAMEO I don’t know how I would have coped”

“Being on CAMEO makes me really happy”

“CAMEO makes me smile“

“CAMEO gives me something to look forward to“

“Really love the group“

“The people are really friendly“

“You just accept us for who we are“

Milton Keynes

'The Lion King'

By Jasmine from Milton Keynes

'The Lion King'

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Jasmine Milton Keynes

Nature pictures

By Jasmine from Milton Keynes

Nature pictures

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Jasmine Milton Keynes

Toilet roll art

By Kieran from Bucks

Toilet roll art Kieran Bucks

Inside my TARDIS

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

Inside my TARDIS Jordan Milton Keynes

Messy Monday: we use recycled or found materials such as cardboard, plastic bottles, tissue paper, leaves, sticks. This session is to help members to be creative and explore a range of materials.

By Talkback from Bucks

Messy Monday

Messy Monday: we use recycled or found materials such as cardboard, plastic bottles, tissue paper, leaves, sticks. This session is to help members to be creative and explore a range of materials.

Talkback Bucks

Online CAMEO

Milton Keynes

Online CAMEO Milton Keynes

It would be good to have qualified Mental Health first aiders.

By Jayme from Milton Keynes

Mental Heath First Aiders

It would be good to have qualified Mental Health first aiders.

Jayme Milton Keynes

Taking time out

By Yvette from Reading

Taking time out Yvette Reading

I had no support – social services discharged me during the lockdown

By John from Milton Keynes

I had no support

I had no support – social services discharged me during the lockdown

John Milton Keynes

Losing Weight After The COVID-19 Started

By Heather from Milton Keynes

Losing Weight After The COVID-19 Started

Losing weight at the first three months of COVID-19 I was not worried about it. Until I weight myself and realise I was putting on lots of weight because of a lot of snacking not eating proper meals and having little exercise because of being in lockdown firstly for the first period of COVID-19. Then continue with little exercise and bad eat afterwards when we were aloud out again.

7 month after COVID-19 started I decided I needed to take some action as I was realised I was almost at my highest weight I weighed some years ago and had gone to weight watchers to lose it. Then I didn't get to my goal of 10st, but I lost 50lbs at weight watcher.

Weighing myself in August 2020 I realise I was heading for my highest weight before weight watchers. I decided enough was enough I needed to change now as I'm getting nearer my 50 birthday and didn't want to be Fat and 50yrs. So I set my goal of healthy eating instead of a diet to train my body to list the fat and become healthy before then. I tried many app as I didn't want to go back to an outside group, I wanted it to do it my way. But most the apps for weight list are for people who live in America, so I found it hard to work out what I was eating and how many calories it was. Until I found NUTRACHECK App which I tried out firstly and was surprised it was an app for UK people with UK foods. It was doing a special offer for beginners of £30 to access the complete app i.e. calories, keeping your weight lost each week, but if I wanted extra help from nutritional nutracheck staff it was extra money which I decided against. I worked out the cost of weight watchers each week when I was doing it £5.95 each week for 52 weeks and this came out a lot cheaper. I've been doing the nutracheck plan of 1200 calories per day for a few weeks and was not losing much weight I was unhappy with it. I was following the calories perfectly. Until my mum spoke to me and said I had to keep an eye on the fat, sugar, carbohydrates and protein in the green to continue to lose weight which I didn't understand at the beginning. 

I have stuck with it with the help and support of my mum also losing weight and have continued to lose weight each week. In the five weeks I stuck by 1200 calories I've lost a total of 1st 3lbs. I'm still learning what right to eat and what's not right. I'm also I huge chocoholic before starting this healthy eating plan and had the biggest surprise of my life I haven’t craved chocolate for those 5 weeks since I started but would constantly with other diets I've tried. I now been on this healthy diet for 7 weeks now and total lose so far is 1st 6lb. I have got another 4st 10lbs to lose till I achieve my idea weight goal. I see this now as a lifestyle change and want to be more healthy in my whole life. I'm not going to give up this and I'm determined to reach my goal on 10st hopefully next year sometime I feel this app has been extremely helpful and help me understand my eating habit pattern also its extremely easy app to follow and will help anyone who wishes to achieve their ideal weight too.

Heather Milton Keynes

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

Pencil Drawing Jordan Milton Keynes

The Red Phone

By Kate Green from Reading

The Red Phone

Life’s busy behind the doors at Kings College A+E
The red phones rung and life just continues
The staff move the patients from trolleys to beds on the count of three

It's then that they start to clinically assess
All the wounds and bandage and dress
They get patched up some of them leave
However some of them don’t and the families grieve

However the staff are amazing both day and night
They take anything in there sight
Everyday’s a journey no one knows where it will go
There accident could be life threatening or just a broken toe

The red phone rings again another case is on its way
The staff don’t let anything get in their way
They do the life saving jobs day after day

Time passes quicker then you think
Some people’s lives are on the brink
Some people may come in and start to feel ill
Yet the doctors and nurses are always there to give them there pills

No thanks gets said but the job is done till the next one comes rushing along
Moment’s later more jolly people come in singing a song
All you can hear is sirens coming towards you
With flashing lights in the shade of blue

The doors get flung open people rushing everywhere
There’s simply no time to stand or stare
Machines go bleep
Doctors assessing patients peacefully asleep

It all happens over again
The red phone rings
This time the helicopter is on the pad
Doctors shout “there’s no time to be had”

Medical team’s shouting the patient’s obs
Everyone knows what’s within there job
Doors rush open
Nurses everywhere
There’s again no time to be had
No time to think or even be sad

Yet you can only do your best
And pray that they do the rest
Just give them time & space to recover
Not forgetting it could be someone’s mother or lover

Kate Green Reading

Leaf picture

By Lottie from Bucks

Leaf picture Lottie Bucks

Talkback has been brilliant so far and look forward to more great things next year.

Looking forward to our zoom meetings, they have really helped my confidence.

By Nicola from Reading

Talkback has been brilliant

Talkback has been brilliant so far and look forward to more great things next year.

Looking forward to our zoom meetings, they have really helped my confidence.

Nicola Reading

By Kieran from Bucks

Kieran's Picture Kieran Bucks

My feelings regarding COVID-19

By Jake from Milton Keynes

My feelings regarding COVID-19 Jake Milton Keynes

Recycled material art

By James from Bucks

Recycled material art James Bucks

Picture of Karla

By Karla from Bucks

Picture of Karla Karla Bucks

Weather the Storm - an opera collaboration between charity Rosetta Life and the Garsington Opera Adult Company

Reading

Weather the Storm - an opera collaboration between charity Rosetta Life and the Garsington Opera Adult Company

Rosetta Life is a group of film makers, dancers, writers and musicians who initiate creative partnerships with people living with life-threatening illness, families, carers and friends, to address what most matters and share it with a wider audience.

Waiting backstage

Reading

People with other health issues are scared to go to hospital.

By Heather from Milton Keynes

Hospital

People with other health issues are scared to go to hospital.

Heather Milton Keynes

Best Christmas card ever

Reading

Best Christmas card ever Reading

Coronavirus is very stressful and scary and having someone to talk to about feelings and what's going on in my head is a relief

Coronavirus

Coronavirus is very stressful and scary and having someone to talk to about feelings and what's going on in my head is a relief

Some people think I won’t catch this Coronavirus - but anyone can catch it

By Sophia from Milton Keynes

Anyone can catch it

Some people think I won’t catch this Coronavirus - but anyone can catch it

Sophia Milton Keynes

DIY Group

By Lewis from Bucks

DIY Group Lewis Bucks

Mental health services and social services should work closer together.

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

Mental health services and social services should work closer together.

Mental health services and social services should work closer together.

Jordan Milton Keynes

Sometimes I think it is good to stay safe but some people will struggle. Especially those people with Autism and Learning disabilities who are constantly spending time together. Also need to think about the mental health effects it causes.

By Jayme from Milton Keynes

Struggle

Sometimes I think it is good to stay safe but some people will struggle. Especially those people with Autism and Learning disabilities who are constantly spending time together. Also need to think about the mental health effects it causes.

Jayme Milton Keynes

Knitting

By Nicola from Reading

Knitting Nicola Reading

To the Staff at Talkback

By Judy from Milton Keynes

To the Staff at Talkback

Thank you for allowing me to participate in the survey on COVID 19 and people receiving services and on the autistic spectrum.

The black represents the week from 16.3.20 when there was physical light during the day, but mentally and emotionally all I could feel was black.

The yellow circles represent the glimpses of light i.e. The post office re opening after being closed for two weeks Zoom calls.

Visits from my brother and the first time I went to the centre after four and a half months, my life felt as though it had been given back to me as a gift, and last but not least the very kind calls from the staff at Talkback.

I hope you are all well.

Best wishes,

Judy Milton Keynes

Digital Art

By Riz from Bucks

Digital Art Riz Bucks

Together

Together Wordcloud

By Yvette from Reading

Together Yvette Reading

Cycling helps me unwind a bit – you don’t focus on anything, it clears it up

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

Cycling helps me unwind

Cycling helps me unwind a bit – you don’t focus on anything, it clears it up

Jordan Milton Keynes

This last year of lockdown has been very hard for Carol, who has a learning disability. Not being able to...

By Carol's sister from Reading

Carol's sister

This last year of lockdown has been very hard for Carol, who has a learning disability. Not being able to see her club member friends, she became depressed and anxious; trying to understand all the media coverage about the pandemic; feeling very vulnerable, lost and isolated. Talkback have been so supportive, and have contacted Carol with regular phone calls, sending activities through the post, and regular Zoom get togethers. This has led to chats to keep her motivated, and set challenges, which has kept Carol focused and positive, eventually realising there is light at the end of the lockdown tunnel.

Not having Talkback, would have been truly unbearable for Carol, and me, her sister.

Carol's sister Reading

Lightning

By Yvette from Reading

Lightning Yvette Reading

African mask

By James from Bucks

African mask James Bucks

Poem

By Karen from Milton Keynes

Poem

I look around keep looking down

There are thunderstorms and raging waves

They say things have changed now

New things to adapt to, a need to change

The battle scene has not changed for me…

The demons still restraining roots, strong like a tree

For you see; I was already in a fight

Oversubscribed support, a dimming light

Falling to my knees trying to back up the other fighters

My own demons are not getting any lighter

It’s getting harder to keep going

Keep on masking, look happy, deception ongoing

Meds ineffective; in a video game would need a revive

But healing character lifeline is doing a skive

“Wait until the pandemic is over” they say

Those taxed to heal NHS face

But things were the same before

Can’t fight with such blunted weapons

It’s time for less red tape don’t you reckon

Karen Milton Keynes

Hopefully the Council will be able to sort out more support for people with mental health problems

Milton Keynes

Support for people with mental health problems

Hopefully the Council will be able to sort out more support for people with mental health problems

Milton Keynes

How has Covid 19 affected me?

By David from Reading

How has Covid 19 affected me?

My personal experiences affected covid 19.Is my everyday life by not going to New Directions or meeting people at Grange Memory Café on Wednesdays and Tilehurst Methodist church café on Fridays making cards.

I miss not seeing my sister but telephone family and friends. Not buying Easter Eggs also talking to people at the bus stop.

The good thing is I am reading more books. For the first time in lockdown I have learned to use Zoom. I can now do my Maths and English class with teachers from New Directions on line.

On Fridays I do zoom meeting with Talkback. I like to talk to my friends at Talkback which I look forward to every Friday.

David Reading

Squirrel

By Kay from Milton Keynes

Squirrel Kay Milton Keynes

Woodworking

By Marcus from Bucks

Woodworking

Alan and Jacqui (staff) with Marcus in the Bucks woodworking group.

Woodworking

Woodwork Creations

Marcus Bucks

The Weekly Talkback calls were a lifesaver to me.

By Heather from Milton Keynes

Lifesaver

The Weekly Talkback calls were a lifesaver to me.

Heather Milton Keynes
The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of it's people

My Lockdown Experience

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

My Lockdown Experience Jordan Milton Keynes

All the things I’ve missed – I’d like to do it again

All the things I’ve missed – I’d like to do it again

All the things I’ve missed – I’d like to do it again

Who are you to Judge I’m not in Court
For your action’s to Judge leave me rather fraught
I know you don’t...

By Kate Green from Reading

Who are you to Judge?

Who are you to Judge I’m not in Court
For your action’s to Judge leave me rather fraught
I know you don’t care but others do
That’s why I go round with my number two

For I am number one & don’t you dare forget
I heard you played your joker & lost your bet
You Judged me to soon before your time
In my world we call it Disability Hate Crime

The crime that you just done made a stink
Because you Judged me on how live my life, work & think

So please don’t Judge on how I hear or see
Please don’t Judge on how I walk & my dignity
Please don’t Judge me on my disability
Lets worktogether & understand just you & me

Hatecrime can be done day or night
Anywhere including out of sight
People that commit it take the mick
Frankly I find it rather sick

This hatecrime has to stop right here & now
We as individual’s are going to show you how

We’re not on a plinth
We’re not on a stand
For we all share this fine land

Every hour every day every minute
Someone commits this crime
They think they have got away with it
But now there doing time

Kate Green Reading

Would like to receive Easy read flyer

By Jake from Milton Keynes

Would like to receive Easy read flyer Jake Milton Keynes

Foil art

By James from Bucks

Foil art James Bucks

My Lockdown Thoughts

By Jeremy from Reading

My Lockdown Thoughts Jeremy Reading

Day out Cycling to Windsor

One Sunday over thirty years ago I cycle 20 miles to Windsor with a friend....

By David G from Reading

Cycling to Windsor

Day out Cycling to Windsor

One Sunday over thirty years ago I cycle 20 miles to Windsor with a friend. We started at 8.30 am. After two hours cycling we stop for 30 mins in pub garden sat down and had a drink and some food we buy from shop nearby as the pub was closed it open at 12.00pm.

11pm we get back on our bikes.

We cycle along the country roads. We pass Windsor safari park which now is LEGOLAND.

It took us three and half hours to get there.

We got there at 1 pm.

Lock bike at Train station near Windsor castle.

We meet two friends at Windsor then had dinner.

We left Windsor at 4.00pm and stop after two hours of cycling to go in shop to buy food.

We got home at 7.30pm.

I had cycle 40 mile that day.

David G Reading

Selling my art

By Kay from Milton Keynes

Selling my art

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My communication device

By Sheena from Reading

My communication device

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Sheena Reading

Digital Art

By Riz from Bucks

Digital Art Riz Bucks

Digital Art

By Riz from Bucks

Digital Art Riz Bucks

Reading's Weather the Storm ambassadors have their say

Reading

Reading's Weather the Storm ambassadors have their say Reading

All through school I was reminded that I had ‘special needs’ and a ‘learning disability’- I don’t like that label it’s not who I am.

By Alicia from Bucks

All through school I was reminded that I had ‘special needs’ and a ‘learning disability

All through school I was reminded that I had ‘special needs’ and a ‘learning disability’- I don’t like that label it’s not who I am.

Alicia Bucks

Walking The Pavement

By Kate Green from Reading

Walking The Pavement

You walk all over me
You talk all over me
You scream all over me
Yet I never speak up
You even manage to talk down to me
You even manage to find time to litter me
You must pay a fine or else you will feel bitter

You share many secrets with me
You may fall down on me
You put many things on me
You may even run over me
You may stamp your foot on me
You may think I feel pain but I don’t

There is a lot of life that a pavement sees
I'm getting old on various streets
I have lines to show
There red in London
There yellow everywhere else

I'm due to be resurfaced soon but the lines will definitely come back plus cracks
Again I will show my age
Except I can’t speak up to indicate my rage

BUT yet you will all the above all over again

Kate Green Reading

Not only do we work hard to help support our students in reaching their goals and aspirations in life, but we have to be passionate about challenging and striving to change the attitudes of others and the way the world perceives people with all types of disabilities. We have to change the way people think in order to change their hearts!

By Pippa from Bucks

Quote from Pippa (Talkback staff member)

Not only do we work hard to help support our students in reaching their goals and aspirations in life, but we have to be passionate about challenging and striving to change the attitudes of others and the way the world perceives people with all types of disabilities. We have to change the way people think in order to change their hearts!

Pippa Bucks

Rainbow

By James from Bucks

Rainbow James Bucks

By Sophie from Bucks

Picture by Sophie Sophie Bucks

Even though when COVID-19 lockdown started in March I feel I have learned some new skills such as being able...

By Jayme from Milton Keynes

My Experience of COVID 19

Even though when COVID-19 lockdown started in March I feel I have learned some new skills such as being able to use a program called Zoom so I could contact my job coach and friends. Now that they are slowly letting down on restrictions, I am meeting face to face with my job coach, because now I can put the finishing touches to my cv.

Jayme Milton Keynes

Rosetta Life: a performance art group

By Jeremy and Yvette from Reading

Rosetta Life: a performance art group

We enjoyed the many rehearsals with the supporting professionals which resulted in a show on Valentine’s Day.

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Rosetta Life is looking for new members, anyone interested should email info@rosettalife.org or call 07930 239 005.

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By Jeremy from Reading

Outreach

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Jeremy Reading

DIY Group

By Jay from Bucks

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Woods

By Yvette from Reading

Woods Yvette Reading

By Matthew from Bucks

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By Clodine from Milton Keynes

Photography When Lockdown Started

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Clodine Milton Keynes

I spent more time writing my novel, and I’m finishing it for my granddad otherwise he’ll never be able to read the finished book – it’s like a tribute to him.

By Katie from Milton Keynes

A tribute to my granddad

I spent more time writing my novel, and I’m finishing it for my granddad otherwise he’ll never be able to read the finished book – it’s like a tribute to him.

Katie Milton Keynes

A Lockdown Interview

By David from Reading

A Lockdown Interview David Reading

Being too overthinking and hard on myself

By Jake from Milton Keynes

Being too overthinking and hard on myself Jake Milton Keynes

Our art based virtual sessions have allowed members to join from home and in the groups, a way of all...

By Talkback from Bucks

Our art based virtual sessions

Our art based virtual sessions have allowed members to join from home and in the groups, a way of all being together. Members love chatting and showing their work to each other. It is amazing how everyone's art skills have developed over lock down. Their drawing has improved, adding detail, and starting to explore other materials. Members have been more confident in their sessions and have had lots of fun.

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Art by Jasmine

By Jasmine from Milton Keynes

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Aidacara in Dorset

By Nicola from Reading

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I felt calm because I was helping people

By Sophia from Milton Keynes

Calm

I felt calm because I was helping people

Sophia Milton Keynes

By building up my confidence I have been able to get employment

By Nicola from Reading

Nicola's quote

By building up my confidence I have been able to get employment

Nicola Reading

Ben's Vespa

By Ben from Reading

Ben's Vespa Ben Reading

Keeping in touch with our members

Reading

Keeping in touch with our members

During lockdown we were unable to meet with our members face to face.
We had to adapt quickly and find new ways to keep in touch with them.
We discovered and learned how to use Zoom and Teams and arranged online meetings.
Here is a photo of some of the Reading crew during a Teams meeting.
These meetings are enjoyed by all

Reading

Harmony's Big Decision

By Nicola from Reading

Harmony's Big Decision

Damien walked away with his head hung low. Without looking back at him Harmony gave a kick of her heels, and Tyson cantered towards the boundary line. This moment was painful for her, and as such, she cared little about whether she was seen returning, feeling only a sense of pain for the person she had left behind.

To support our member Nicola, her book ‘Harmony’s Big Decision’ can be bought through these links:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/harmonys-big-decision/nicola-martin/9781789552065

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmonys-Big-Decision-Nicola-Martin/dp/1789552079

Nicola Reading

Kay proudly sharing her Old School work placement certificate

By Kay from Milton Keynes

Kay proudly sharing her Old School work placement certificate Kay Milton Keynes

Making macaroni cheese

By Ian from Milton Keynes

Making macaroni cheese

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Ian Milton Keynes

The day started like any other day had started for me, I woke up and did my morning routine which...

By Katie from Milton Keynes

Lockdown

The day started like any other day had started for me, I woke up and did my morning routine which consists of getting dressed. It was when I was eating breakfast that I heard that the whole country was being put under lockdown. OK I will just do what I would usually do when I don’t have to leave the house that way I will deal with this easier than freaking out about it I played games on my tablet for a while before I continued on with my morning routine.

“Hello and welcome back to let’s play the Sims 2 GBA now I know that I haven’t continued this let’s play for a while so you probably thought that I wasn’t going to finish this series. I had completely forgotten about this let’s play and I have just remembered about it and I am completely dedicated to finishing this let’s play” I say when I am sure that I am recording

“Hey I thought that we could” Mum starts and stops on seeing that I am recording “never mind sorry for interrupting” Mum finishes and leaves the room. I continue playing the game and commenting at the same time.

“Ok we have made good progress with this episode so far and this is where the video ends and I will finish this in the next part. I will see you guys in the next video” I voice and end the recording. I save my progress and end the recording. I quit from my recording software and I put away my headset and I made my way out of my room and downstairs where mum is sitting in the living room. “Hey mum what did you want to say?” I greet unintentionally making mum jump

“I was thinking later we could play a board game” mum says

“That’s a good idea, we should do it shall we play a board game at 2pm?” I suggest

“We will play a board game them. You can decide” Mum says my life went like that throughout the entire lockdown only with dad being at home after being furloughed and went back after a few weeks. It felt like walking in a zombie apocalypse when I go for a walk doing my best to avoid other people

Katie from MK

Katie Milton Keynes

My mental health was impacted

By Jack from Milton Keynes

Mental health

My mental health was impacted

Jack Milton Keynes

'The Incredibles'

By Jasmine from Milton Keynes

'The Incredibles'

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Jasmine Milton Keynes

Arriva sending out exemption cards was a mistake as everyone can print them off. How will they know who is genuine?

By Jayme from Milton Keynes

Arriva

Arriva sending out exemption cards was a mistake as everyone can print them off. How will they know who is genuine?

Jayme Milton Keynes

We have been in lockdown for a long time, it was not easy when Boris Johnson held conferences and provided mixed messages and information about lockdown and COVID – 19

By Jack from Milton Keynes

We have been in lockdown for a long time

We have been in lockdown for a long time, it was not easy when Boris Johnson held conferences and provided mixed messages and information about lockdown and COVID – 19

Jack Milton Keynes

Sherborne Castle Dorset

By Nicola from Reading

Sherborne Castle Dorset Nicola Reading

Road to a safer future

By Yvette from Reading

Road to a safer future Yvette Reading

Letters, easy read leaflets, all Government parties should work together and represent information to people in a clear way

By Jack from Milton Keynes

All Government parties should work together

Letters, easy read leaflets, all Government parties should work together and represent information to people in a clear way

Jack Milton Keynes

By Jimmy Carter

We have become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic Jimmy Carter

Butterfly

By Lottie from Bucks

Butterfly Lottie Bucks

Staff and members online CAMEO

Reading

Staff and members online CAMEO Reading

Books lift up my spirits

By David from Reading

Books lift up my spirits

Books lift up my spirits

David Reading

African mask

By Kieran from Bucks

African mask Kieran Bucks

By Ian from Milton Keynes

Pictures by Ian

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Ian Milton Keynes

We have the chance to talk about our problems and share them with others

By Carol from Reading

Carol's quote

We have the chance to talk about our problems and share them with others

Carol Reading

Flowers

By Jasmine from Milton Keynes

Flowers

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Famous people on the autism spectrum

Famous people on the autism spectrum

Rosetta Life performance

By Jeremy and Yvette from Reading

Rosetta Life performance Jeremy and Yvette Reading

I have been given enough support. Talkback calling me every week, has helped me a lot

By Heather from Milton Keynes

Talkback support

I have been given enough support. Talkback calling me every week, has helped me a lot

Heather Milton Keynes

I have learned how to do more online: meetings, courses. More difficult than face to face but getting used to it now. Still need support in person.

By Jayme from Milton Keynes

Online Learning

I have learned how to do more online: meetings, courses. More difficult than face to face but getting used to it now. Still need support in person.

Jayme Milton Keynes

If I had £ 1 million, I probably go to west country village in Ilchester when I was a child and explore things.

By Sophia from Milton Keynes

If I had £ 1 million

If I had £ 1 million, I probably go to west country village in Ilchester when I was a child and explore things.

Sophia Milton Keynes

More from Weather the Storm - an opera collaboration between charity Rosetta Life and the Garsington Opera Adult Company

Reading

More from Weather the Storm - an opera collaboration between charity Rosetta Life and the Garsington Opera Adult Company

Talkback members Jeremy, David, Ben with Yvette supporting were very proud to have been part of this amazing event. We all enjoyed the weekly rehearsals which have improved the members’ memory and confidence. Jeremy, David and Ben are looking forward to start rehearsing again in September.

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What Provoked You?

By Kate Green from Reading

What Provoked You?

How dare you target me for I’m no fool
Haven’t you better learn something & go back to school?

Education is important these days but people with disabilities learn in different ways

I never give in to bullies like you just because you don’t understand what I go through

I go through pain and that’s no fun for anyone 
I go through challenges and there all done

My challenge to you today is to realise and be wise
I don’t want to hear loud cries

Those cries of pain from your victims
Those guilty marks that are left by you

Do you feel the pain that I do?
It's not just about taking a pill or two
And hoping the pain will ease

Ask yourself are you pleased with what you have done?
Have you achieved anything?

Those guilty marks are still there
The pain will never go
You may be able to walk away but no-one need know

Kate Green Reading

King of the Jungle

By Kayleigh from Milton Keynes

King of the Jungle Kayleigh Milton Keynes

I have used WhatsApp and Zoom to keep in touch with others

By Alex from Milton Keynes

What'sApp

I have used WhatsApp and Zoom to keep in touch with others

Alex Milton Keynes

Tried not to let these things affect me

By Sophia from Milton Keynes

Tried not to let these things affect me

Tried not to let these things affect me

Sophia Milton Keynes

Me at Willen Lake learning to walk independently again

By Clare from Milton Keynes

Me at Willen Lake learning to walk independently again

I am proud of myself.

Clare Milton Keynes

Knitting

By Nicola from Reading

Knitting Nicola Reading

The challenges we do push us to do more

By Nicola from Reading

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The challenges we do push us to do more

Nicola Reading

Everything from a distance so near but so far away

Landscape art

By Anna from Milton Keynes

Everything from a distance so near but so far away Anna Milton Keynes

Famous people with disabilities

Famous people with disabilities

Carol on Zoom

Reading

Carol on Zoom

Carol is one of the members who have been part of Talkback for many, many years.

She is always looking forward to coming to the weekly group sessions.

When we heard about the lockdown, we all had to adapt and started using Zoom online meetings to keep in touch. Carol was very disappointed that she could not join because she did not have a laptop or internet access.

Her family kindly bought her a laptop and arranged for Wi-fi to be installed at her house.

Carol now enjoys being part of the group again and looks forward to the weekly online meetings.

Reading

Self portrait

By Ben from Reading

Self portrait Ben Reading

Digital Art

By Riz from Bucks

Digital Art Riz Bucks

Digital Art

By Riz from Bucks

Digital Art Riz Bucks

By Jasmine from Milton Keynes

Cartoons

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Jasmine Milton Keynes

You are never alone if you are surrounded by books

By David from Reading

You are never alone if you are surrounded by books

You are never alone if you are surrounded by books

David Reading

Glenn Class Starship Custom

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

Glenn Class Starship Custom Jordan Milton Keynes

By the group from Bucks

Art by the group in Bucks

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Free tablets for our members

Reading

Free tablets for our members

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Reading

Light house

By Derek from Bucks

Light house Derek Bucks

By Nicola from Reading

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Koala

By Kay from Milton Keynes

Koala Kay Milton Keynes

Digital Art

By Riz from Bucks

Digital Art Riz Bucks

Lockdown

Reading

Lockdown Reading

A feeling of shelter and protection

By Anna from Milton Keynes

A feeling of shelter and protection Anna Milton Keynes

I am on the Autistic Spectrum. People on the Autistic Spectrum deal with things differently. Since March, with the lock...

By Jayme from Milton Keynes

My Thoughts on COVID 19

I am on the Autistic Spectrum. People on the Autistic Spectrum deal with things differently. Since March, with the lock down, I felt like I have been in a cage, not being able to see my work coach so she could help me finish my CV to send out to people to help me find an apprenticeship. Even though I am on the Autistic Spectrum I can still read, write and fill in paperwork like application forms but I need someone to go through it with me, face to face, to make sure I am on the right track and putting the right information in, but with lock down that was not possible to do.

Jayme Milton Keynes

Filming for Annual Health Check Awareness video

By Ben from Reading

Filming for Annual Health Check Awareness video

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Ben Reading

What Kindness Means to Me

By Heather from Milton Keynes

What Kindness Means to Me

1. Helping family

2. Doing shopping for mum.

3. Collect mum medication at chemist.

4. Buy anything else for mum i.e.wool, etc.

5. Taking mum to hospital appointments.

6. Phoning friends to see if they are ok.

7. Shopping for friend who don't have cars to get about. i.e. Facemask

8. Being there for friends who need me when they have an off day. 

9. Friends calling me to see if I'm ok. 

10. Weekly contact with TU Group every Friday. 

11. Talkback calling me every Monday for a chat.

12. A member of staff from Talkback kindly made a facemask for me.

13. Having someone I can count on in times of need, i.e. when I'm stress, depressed, panicky. 

14. Mum being around the corner if I ever need advice, reassurance, and understanding.

15. Talkback calling me on Thursday for Cameo group. These calls are a lifeline to me, having someone to talk to who I trust and know well.

16. Knowing there is someone who understands me and caring to speak about how I feel and not be judged. 

17.Having friends to be there for you when you have an off day and being understood.

18. Having someone with the same interest as myself and to talk about hobbies and the day. Or just to say hello.

19. Having someone there when I have mental health issues. i.e. feeling depressed, anxious, low moods.

Kindness makes me feel cared for: someone there when I need them when my mind takes over and I over think thoughts or have a meltdown and when I get my down day and feel very depressed. By having someone I can trust to talk to who doesn't judge or make you feel you’re wasting their time. Someone who's happy to spend 20 minutes to help me get my thoughts, feelings, or anxiety in order. I find Cameo does that and more. Their group help people with Autism come together and be around others of the same condition. Who understand how you feel and like you quirks and all. Kindness is feeling that you’re part of a group, you’re not on the outside looking in and not understanding what you did wrong. Having true friends who know about your Autism and like you as you are. 

I am thankful for all the help and support I get from TU (Talent Unlimited) and Cameo (Talkback). Also, friends who call and check up on how I'm doing in lockdown. The Coronavirus 19 is very stressful and scary and having someone to talk to about feelings and what going on in my head is a relief. To me they are a very important lifeline with my mental health and wellbeing I don't think I would of being able to cope with this without their help and support.

Heather Milton Keynes

COVID-19 rules made me feel like a 5-year old

By Judy from Milton Keynes

5 Year Old

COVID-19 rules made me feel like a 5-year old

Judy Milton Keynes

By Carol from Reading

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A good thing about CAMEO is its spreads cheer and laughter

By Nicola from Reading

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A good thing about CAMEO is its spreads cheer and laughter

Nicola Reading

Not all advice is good advice

By Sophia from Milton Keynes

Advice

Not all advice is good advice

Sophia Milton Keynes

Millennium Falcon Model

By Jordan from Milton Keynes

Millennium Falcon Model Jordan Milton Keynes

Hoping they will find vaccine next year!

By Jake from Milton Keynes

Hoping they will find vaccine next year! Jake Milton Keynes

Seeing my art makes me happy. It makes me more confident and resilient.

By Kay from Milton Keynes

Seeing my art makes me happy

Seeing my art makes me happy. It makes me more confident and resilient.

Kay Milton Keynes

Space picture

By DH from Bucks

Space picture DH Bucks

Heaven's Gate, Newbury

By Nicola from Reading

Heaven's Gate, Newbury

Heaven's gate (2)

Nicola Reading

Scarecrow

By Scott and Rosie at Green Dragon from Bucks

Scarecrow Scott and Rosie at Green Dragon Bucks

But Why The Questions?

By Kate Green from Reading

But Why The Questions?

The world as we know it is a terribly big place
Yet we ALL suffer from Disability Hatecrime which is an utter disgrace
We as a group always have choice and that is to shout at people to hear our voice
Do they understand?
Do they care?
No they don’t
But we despair
Life continues so does hatecrime
Are any of our attackers DOING TIME?
Questions get asked
Answers not told
Will we find out when were too old
Too old to Defend
But not to old to care
But people still watch and stand and stare
We beg for help but no one cares

We all have rights but let’s not be defeated
Let’s catch them out
And let’s not feel cheated
We live in the same society
So lets make Disability Hatecrime
OUR MAIN PRIORITY

Kate Green Reading

By The Men's Group from Bucks

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Solar system

By Kieran from Bucks

Solar system Kieran Bucks

Could Talkback work with the Council to put information into Easy read documents? Seeing pictures instead of words would really help us.

Milton Keynes

Seeing pictures instead of words would really help us

Could Talkback work with the Council to put information into Easy read documents? Seeing pictures instead of words would really help us.

Milton Keynes

By Keiran from Bucks

Kieran's Picture Keiran Bucks

By Ben from Reading

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